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Tough Questions: Historic home in jeopardy


The historic Hill home is in question. The future of this Saginaw landmark is uncertain after the city placed it on a list of dangerous buildings.

"It's the anchor of S. Jefferson Avenue. It anchors one end of it. It is it's majestic," said Neighborhood Renewal Services Director Marcia Hoffman.

Neighborhood Renewal Services, a non-profit, owns the home. The organization doesn't have enough money to fully restore the home and Hoffman is hoping a buyer comes forward.

While the group worked to save the home the city of Saginaw submitted it to the Michigan Historic Preservation Office for possible demolition. Hoffman was not notified.

"I don't know exactly what happened with that but it's unfortunate that we didn't communicate better," said Saginaw Development Director Odail Thorns.

Thorns insists the city does not want to destroy the home.

"It might be viewed as a hazard in the community where kids can get into it and so fourth so it ends up on the list but that does not mean that it's going to be torn down, said Thorns.

Time is running out to save the house. Due to a lack of funding Neighborhood Renewal Services is dissolving by the end of this year. The organization wants a buyer to step up before then.

"I think I would probably sleep better," Hoffman said. "It would be very exciting,"

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